The Minnesota Vikings’ biggest need at tackle is filled. Now what?
Minnesota signed tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers to long-term contracts, but there are other spots that require attention and the Vikings still have enough money to sign some of the better players remaining on the market. Here are 25 players they should be intrigued by:
1 – Detroit Lions – WR – Anquon Boldin
He doesn’t have much for wheels, but Boldin could help the Vikings in the red zone using his size and skill – as he did in Detroit’s victory over Minnesota at US Bank Stadium last year.
2 – Baltimore Ravens – WR- Kamar Aiken
Had a down year after grabbing 75 passes in 2015. Might be a quality option for a reduced price.
3- New England Patriots – WR – Michael Floyd
Getting released from the Arizona Cardinals after a DWI and being inactive in the Super Bowl with the Patriots are both black marks on his resume, but Floyd is a strong deep threat and a Minnesota native.
4 – Buffalo Bills – CB – Nickell Robey-Coleman
A solid man-to-man nickel corner, Robey-Coleman was let go by the Bills because he doesn’t fit in their zone defense scheme. He ranked 33rd by Pro Football Focus rankings last year.
5 – New York Giants – CB – Leon Hall
At 33, Hall can still play. He was a fill-in corner for the Giants in 2016, but performed well in the nearly 500 snaps he received. Hall is a favorite of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
6 – Baltimore Ravens – CB – Jerraud Powers
An experienced nickel corner who is solid in coverage. Could step into Munnerlyn’s role.
7 – San Diego Chargers – CB – Brandon Flowers
After receiving a huge deal in San Diego, Flowers’ stock might be pretty low. That might allow to Vikings to sign a good player (especially in run stopping) for a fair price.
8 – Baltimore Ravens – CB – Ladarius Webb
Versatile defensive back who ranked 15th among safeties by Pro Football Focus. Might be too expensive for the Vikings.
9 – Tennessee Titans – S – Daimion Stafford
The Vikings could use some depth at safety. Stafford played fairly well as a fill-in for the Titans.
10 – Buffalo Bills – S – Aaron Williams
Williams has been injured a lot in his career, but when healthy, he’s a smart player with good cover skills.
11 – Oakland Raiders – TE – Mychal Rivera
It’s clear the Vikings are looking for a pass-catching tight end. Rivera is one of the only a few left on the market.
12 – New York Jets – C – Nick Mangold
The Vikings have solved their tackle issues, but there are still options for how to handle the interior. One would be moving Joe Berger to guard and signing a center like Mangold.
13 – Atlanta Falcons – TE – Jacob Tamme
A quality pass-catching tight end, who spent most of his career playing with Peyton Manning. Before getting hurt, he was a good target for Matt Ryan last year.
14 – Indianapolis Colts – CB – Darius Butler
A veteran corner who can play nickel or even safety proficiently. At 31, he might not be as good as in Indy’s Super Bowl days, but he is still reliable.
15 – San Diego Chargers – WR – Steve Johnson
Has been dinged up with the Chargers for the last two years, so he would have to come on a low-risk deal, but Johnson has been a quality receiver before in Buffalo and San Francisco.
16 – New Orleans Saints – G – Jahri Evans
Stayed with the Saints for just $1 million last season. Evans might be a cheap one-year filler or just-in-case if the Vikings plan to draft a starting guard.
17 – New York Giants – G – John Jerry
An experienced starter who has been very durable over his seven-year career. May be willing to battle for a spot if he doesn’t get many offers.
18 – New Orleans Saints – S Jairus Byrd
Byrd’s time in New Orleans didn’t turn out as they hoped, but he’s a ball hawk who could play in fill-in duty.
19 – New Orleans Saints – CB – Sterling Moore
Another nickel corner who excels in coverage.
20 – Detroit Lions – LB – DeAndre Levy
If the Vikings are looking for a third linebacker who is decent in coverage, Levy could be an option.
21 – Cleveland Browns – RT – Austin Pasztor
Ranked 33rd in PFF’s ratings, though he’s a mostly unknown player and has spent the majority of his career as a backup. The Vikings really struggled with a lack of depth last year. Pasztor might be the solution if nobody else wants to make him a starter.
22 – Buffalo Bills – CB/S – Corey Graham
Played safety for the last two years in Buffalo fairly competently, but is more of a natural safety. Could be a veteran filler until Mackensie Alexander is ready.
23 – Tennessee Titans – LB – Sean Spence
With Chad Greenway retired, the Vikings are on the market for a linebacker. Spence isn’t a great run stopper like Greenway was, instead he excels in coverage.
24 – Arizona Cardinals – LB – Sio Moore
Conversely, Moore is a run-stuffer.
25 – Tramon Williams – CB – Cleveland Browns
A versatile veteran, Williams could add quality depth to the secondary.